Bedbugs by Rick Hautala

By Rick Hautala

From the subway tunnels of Boston to the rain-swept streets of Quebec urban to the private snow-filled forests of Hilton, Maine, not anyone in those chilling tales by way of horror grasp Rick Hautala is secure from the darkness or the damaging issues that lurk within the shadows. anticipating us. attaining for us...

Over the years, Rick Hautala's tales and novels have terrified and captivated thousands of readers worldwide. Bedbugs is a career-spanning number of tales that whisks you away on a guided travel of the darkest reaches of the human maind and soul -- a travel which may simply be performed by means of anyone with Rick Hautala's skill to make your blood run cold.

Stories during this assortment are:

The again of My Hands
Schoolhouse
The Voodoo Queen
Surprise
Tunnels
. . . from a Stone
Crying Wolf
The resources of the Nile
Silver Rings
Colt .24
Bird within the House
Cousins’ Curse
Speedbump
Rubies and Pearls
A bit of Divine Justice
Karen’s Eyes
Master Tape
Breakfast at Earl’s
Closing the Doors
Worst Fears
Winter Queen
Late summer time Shadows
Hitman
Perfect Witness
Piss Eyes
Served Cold

From Publishers Weekly
Known for the previous 20 years as "that different horror author from Maine," Hautala boasts a name that rests totally on greater than a dozen novels of suspense and the supernatural set in his domestic nation. The 26 tales during this workmanlike first selection of brief fiction draw regularly from a similar reservoir of local characters and settings as his longer works and shape a roadmap to the bedrock horror topics of the final twenty years. For the main half, their plots are basic setups with twist endings during which luckless or unlikable characters fall sufferer to unspeakable fates and poetically simply deserts. In "Voodoo Queen," a dissipated guy learns firsthand the darkish mystery of a carnival freak exhibit presided over by means of an fascinating snake lady. "Colt .24" is a creative edition at the deal-with-the-devil subject, narrated within the first individual via a personality anxiously ticking off the seconds as his inescapable doom ways. "A bit of Divine Justice" captures the flavour of the Twilight region in its eerie account of 2 males stuck in a ordinary cycle of dying and retribution on a snowy iciness evening. As frequently as no longer, in tales just like the first-person psycho narrative "Bird within the House" or the biter-bit story "Rubies and Pearls," Hautala is cramped by way of style conventions that go away him belaboring the most obvious or suffering to melt the predictability of a state of affairs. however the booklet balances lesser efforts with successfully crafted shockers for a mixture that lives as much as the title's connection with discomforting issues that get below the surface. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed enterprise info, Inc.

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As poorly as she'd treated his man-parts, he suspected that she did. His guilt returned, filling his nose, his lungs, then sweeping through his bloodstream. Has to be this way. Yes. She's not mine. Zip it. " he insisted. 51 Scarlet's seemingly delicate shoulders lifted in a negligent shrug. "They were there to hurt us. If I had let them live, they would have had the opportunity to come back for us. To poison others against us. " What she said made sense, but it also caused his stomach to clench.

He'd had those very words and the flowers surrounding them tattooed around his own waist. Why had he done something so girly? That's what all his friends had wanted to know after laughing their asses off at his expense. He'd told them he'd wanted to prove that nothing could lessen his appeal. The truth was he'd done it because he'd seen those words and flowers in his mind, over and over again. They'd plagued him, and he'd known, known they meant something, but not what they meant. Now he knew he'd seen them on this woman.

Do not smile. "I like variety, what can I say? " Steam practically curled from his nostrils. Yep, rage. He straightened, stepped forward, stopped himself, and retreated back into the doorway. "We aren't done with that topic for now," he snapped. He turned as if to leave. " She wasn't ready to end the exchange. Not yet. " she asked, shifting the focus off herself. Careful. "Any girlfriends I should know about? Or better yet, another wife? " There. No way he could guess at her desperation. At her clawing need to know.

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